Evolutionary niching techniques obtain multiple diverse solutions, which allow the decision-maker to consider various high-quality conceptual designs. We consider an evolutionary niching algorithm, based on a state-of-the-art derandomized Evolution Strategy, the Covariance Matrix Adaptation, and apply it to a challenging high-dimensional physics problem, namely Femtosecond Laser Pulse Shaping. We show that the niching algorithm finds highly-satisfying solutions which represent different conceptual laser pulse designs.

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P. Neittaanmäki , J. Périaux , T. Tuovinen

Shir, O. M., Emmerich, M., Bäck, T., & Vrakking, M. J. J. (2007). Conceptual designs in laser pulse shaping obtained by niching in evolution strategies. In P. Neittaanmäki, J. Périaux, & T. Tuovinen (Eds.), Evolutionary Methods for Design, Optimization, and Control : proceedings EUROGEN 11-13.06. 2007, Jyväskylä, Finland.